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Madcap Laughs

Syd Barrett Audio CD
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1. Terrapin
2. No Good Trying
3. Love You
4. No Man's Land
5. Dark Globe
6. Here I Go
7. Octopus
8. Golden Hair
9. Long Gone
10. She Took A Long Cold Look
11. Feel
12. If It's In You
13. Late Night
14. Octopus (Takes 1 & 2)
15. It's No Good Trying (Take 5)
16. Love You (Take 1)
17. Love You (Take 3)
18. She Took A Long Cold Look At Me (Take 4)
19. Golden Hair (Take 5)

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Having left Pink Floyd in 1968 after a daily LSD habit had taken its toll, Syd Barrett's first solo album finally appeared two years later with ex-Floyd sidekicks David Gilmour and Richard Wright riding shotgun with him in the studio. The Madcap Laughs is a brilliant but brittle album, with every strum of the electric guitar seeming to take its toll on Barrett's increasingly frayed nerve strings. On songs such as "Love You," his state of mind is well concealed beneath the sort of jolly jangle-pop Blur would later indulge in. On "Dark Globe," however, the strain is palpable: "Please lend a hand ... won't you miss me? Wouldn't you miss me at all?" he pleads, ominously. The best tracks are "Octopus," which possesses all the controlled mania of early Floyd, and "Golden Hair," a still moment of musical rapture whose lyric is taken from a James Joyce poem. --David Stubbs

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SYD BARRETT The Madcap Laughs (1994 issue UK 19-track CD album - Recorded following his departure from Pink Floyd The Madcap Laughs is Syd debut solo album and features the single Octopus plus the Bonus Recordings Octopus [Takes1 & 2] Its No Good Trying [Take 5] Love You [Take 1] She Took A Long Cold Look At Me [Take 4] and Golden Hair [Take 5] with a picture booklet containing lyrics and extensive sleevenotes)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Tracks Along a Madcap Path April 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kicked out of Pink Floyd because of unstable mind, Syd Barrett dissapeared from the music scene for a couple of years. Several years later he returned, stripping down his sound, turning from experimental psychedelia to a sort of acid folk. He went into the studio to record, helped by former bandmates and very patient friends.
The Madcap Laughs is the result. The first (and best) of Syd's two proper studio albums.
There's not a bad track on it. There's "Terrapin" with it's hypnotic drift. There's "Love You" with its poppy melody, chirpy piano and verbal diorrhea lyrics. There's emotional moments like "Dark Globe" and "Late Night", which Syd would never have tried on Piper at the Gates of Dawn. There's guitar fuzz on "No Man's Land". "There's No Good Trying", a loud piece of psychedelia with great drum work, "Here I Go" is Syd's reaction to being kicked out of the Floyd, "Golden Hair" is poetry in motion (literally), "Long Gone" could have sat well on a Pink Floyd album, with its wailing choruses and organ. Even the out of tune "If It's In You" is loveable. It's so bad it's good. You can hear what he's trying to do and how he's doing his best. It shows how difficult it was to record Syd, given his delicate mental state.
This isn't your average pop, rock or folk music. This is a journey. A journey inside a broken mind. Syd Barrett is still whimsical, he's still kind, he's still humourous. He's just a little hurt and a little confused here. Creatively, he's as good as he was on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn", if not better.
I recommend this album to Pink Floyd fans, and those looking to try something out of the ordinary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syd Bobs to the Surface for a Little While Feb. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
The legend is that Syd was tossed out of Pink Floyd because his epic consumption of LSD has rendered him unable to perform in any comprehensible manner. This is mostly true, unfortunately for Pink Floyd and for us fans. The lightness and humor of Syd's work was lost when he was left Pink Floyd.
This album, put together with some of Pink Floyd and some of the members of Soft Machine, is weird, wonderful, and at times, heartbreaking. Syd's songs are, as in his hey day with Pink Floyd, child-like, but the wonder has turned to confusion in many of the songs. The first song "Terrapin" is a case in point. A simple Blues progression becomes a dirge of strummed electric guitars and Syd's words, a sort of mimimalist psychedelic masterpiece with the refain "oh, baby, my hair's on end about you." The emptiness surrounding this song is frightening.
This music is utter chaos, but it works for me. Recorded in 1970, however, this mid-60's flower-child feeling, sounds archaic, and you must be willing to forgo any sense of time to enjoy this music - sort of like being on the drugs that rendered Syd into basket case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Madcap Journey Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Welcome to Syd Barrett's fractured little world. Kicked out of Pink Floyd because of unstable mind, he dissapeared from the music scene for a couple of years. Then he returned, stripping down his sound, turning from experimental psychedelia to a sort of acid folk and went into the studio, helped by his former bandmates and the Soft Machine.
The Madcap Laughs is the result. The first (and best) of Syd's two whole studio albums.
There's not a bad track on it. There's "Terrapin" with it's hypnotic drift. There's "Love You" with its poppy melody, chirpy piano and verbal diorrhea lyrics. There's emotional moments like "Dark Globe" and "Late Night", which Syd would never have tried on Piper at the Gates of Dawn. There's guitar fuzz on "No Man's Land". "There's No Good Trying", a loud piece of psychedelia with great drum work, "Here I Go" is Syd's reaction to being kicked out of the Floyd, "Golden Hair" is poetry in motion (literally), "Long Gone" could have sat well on a Pink Floyd album, with its wailing choruses and organ. Even the out of tune "If It's In You" is loveable. It's so bad it's good. You can hear what he's trying to do and how he's doing his best. It shows how difficult it was to record Syd, given his delicate mental state.
This is a journey. A journey inside the mind of a broken mind. Syd Barrett is still whimsical, he's still kind, he's still humourous. He's just a little hurt and a little confused here. Creatively, he's as good as he was on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn", if not better.
I recommend this album to Pink Floyd fans, and those looking to try something out of the ordinary. If you are a music fan who likes every note played perfect, every word on key, an even tempo and polished production, you'd better leave this record alone. It's ragged. Deliciously ragged!
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3.0 out of 5 stars El comienzo del fin para Syd Dec 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
La corta carrera solista de Syd siempre va a sufrir la peligrosa comparación con lo hecho por su también breve paso por Pink Floyd. Lo cual es justo en cierto modo ya que Piper es en su mayoría creación de Syd, pero al mismo tiempo demuestra un hecho claro, el que por mucha genialidad individual que demuestre un integrante, Piper es un disco Pink Floyd. Más allá de todas las dificultades que se presentaron para grabar este disco, hay que decir que el potencial creativo y las ideas de Syd ya no eran las mismas que en 1967, por ello los fans de Piper no necesariamente tendrán a Madcap en el mismo pedestal. De partida el sonido aquí es muy sombrío, casi no hay participación de guitarras eléctricas y cuando la hay en No Good Trying y No Man's Land, los resulatados no impresionan. En vez de eso, Syd prefiere el minimalismo y se conforma con cancioncillas pop que pudieron ser hechas tres años atrás, como Love You o Here I Go, agradables pero no más que eso. La sicodelia aparece tenuemente en Golden Hair, Long Gone y Terrapin, los dos primeros oníricos y reposados, el último un hipnótico tema de 5 minutos en el que Syd repite la misma estructura logrando un buen efecto, mientras Octopus, la mejor canción, muestra a un inspirado Barrett, lo que no es de extrañar considerando que se editó en single antes del álbum. En los temas restantes Syd solamente se acompaña con la guitarra acústica, experimento no del todo exitoso para una perturbada mente que lo que menos necesitaba entonces era cantar extraños y desaliñados temas folk, en búsqueda de sus tormentosos fantasmas interiores.
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Published on June 20 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad solo debut from Floyd's creator
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Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Dokter Pogo
3.0 out of 5 stars Madman at the Gates of Dawn
As most of you probably know, Syd Barrett was the leader of Pink Floyd until his mental breakdown. This is the first of his solo albums, recorded after his breakdown. Read more
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Published on Dec 11 2003 by Matthew Comegys
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about, but worth a listen
If anything, "The Madcap Laughs" is aptly titled. It's just that...mad! Syd Barrett was most certainly dancing on that thin line between reality and delusion when he... Read more
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Published on Dec 4 2003 by Matthew Comegys
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